Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) has submitted the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) for re-endorsement by PEFC. 

AFS first achieved the endorsement in 2004 with Australia among the first non-European countries to be recognised by PEFC. Since then, over 10 million hectares of forest have been certified in Australia, making up two-thirds of the certified forest area in the Asia Pacific region.

The endorsement process involves a 60-day global public consultation wherein PEFC seeks comments and feedback from all interested parties to ensure full compliance of the national systems with PEFC's Sustainability Benchmark. All comments received during the global public consultation will be evaluated by the third-party assessor to determine whether the respective national system is in compliance with international requirements.

Interested stakeholders can use PEFC's Online Consultation Tool to provide comments on the Australian Forest Certification Scheme by 29 September 2014.